Multi-agency approach to support victims of intimate partner violence with substance abuse issues MARISSA addresses the phenomenon of co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victimization & Substance Abuse (SA) problems. Existing victim support programs seem to fail to address the scenario of addicted victims of IPV because the two elements (IPV & addiction) are treated separately, […]
Multi-agency approach to support victims of intimate partner violence with substance abuse issues
MARISSA addresses the phenomenon of co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victimization & Substance Abuse (SA) problems. Existing victim support programs seem to fail to address the scenario of addicted victims of IPV because the two elements (IPV & addiction) are treated separately, while it would be necessary to be approached under a common-wise protocol.
MARISSA will develop practical multi-agency tools & capacity building material on the topic, so as to facilitate professionals & improve the offered services for women with co-occurring IPV victimization & SA; along with implementing strong awareness-raising activities to inform stakeholders, victims & the general public about this important issue.
Project Lead Partner:
Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture / UWAH (Crete, Greece)
University of Crete (Greece)
University of Tartu (Estonia)
University of Iceland (Iceland)
Women’s Support and Information Center NPO (Estonia)
The Root – Association on Women, Addiction and Mental Health (Iceland)
Free from Addiction, Safe from Abuse “FASA” project, is a Partnership supporting innovation in the field of vocational Education & Training. It aims at Enhancing the Work-based skills of Social Care Practitioners and professionals in the field of Intimate Partnership Violence victim support, through Capacity Building on the topic of Treatment of Victims of Intimate […]
Free from Addiction, Safe from Abuse “FASA” project, is a Partnership supporting innovation in the field of vocational Education & Training. It aims at Enhancing the Work-based skills of Social Care Practitioners and professionals in the field of Intimate Partnership Violence victim support, through Capacity Building on the topic of Treatment of Victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) with Substance Abuse problems. FASA brings together Civil Society Organisations engaged in victims support; Higher Education Institutions in the field of gender-based violence & IPV; and VET provider experts. FASA proposes the development of innovative tools to facilitate professionals apply substance abuse & victim support simultaneously, as problems of one multi-sided phenomenon. Through FASA training material & intervention methods as well as distant learning tools that will be relevant for organizations across Europe, will become available for free, online, in all project languages & English.
1. UWAH – Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece) (LP)
2. UoC – University of Crete (Greece)
3. UT – Tartu Ulikool (Estonia)
4. WSIC – MTU Naiste Tugi-ja Teabekeskus (Estonia)
5. NEXUS NI – Nothern Ireland Rape Crisis Association (United Kingdom)
6. M&M – M&M Profuture Training, S.L. (Spain)
7. RIKK – Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, University of Iceland (Iceland)
Multi-Agency Response to Violence Against Older Women (MARVOW) is a two-year EU project – from September 2019 to September 2021 – with a project team of six partner organisations in four European countries: Austria, Estonia, Greece and Germany. MARVOW is coordinated by the Association of Autonomous Austrian Women’s Shelters – AÖF in Austria. More info: […]
Multi-Agency Response to Violence Against Older Women (MARVOW) is a two-year EU project – from September 2019 to September 2021 – with a project team of six partner organisations in four European countries: Austria, Estonia, Greece and Germany. MARVOW is coordinated by the Association of Autonomous Austrian Women’s Shelters – AÖF in Austria. More info: www.marvow.eu
Background: Violence against older women is a gender-specific and serious social problem. The extent and frequency of this violence is enormous. According to the FRA survey of 2014, 19% of all women over 60 years of age have experienced violence in the partnership from the age of 15. In 17%, the violence was not committed by the partner. But only 14% of women reported the most serious incident to the police. The number of unreported cases is estimated to be much higher. Older women are exposed to a higher risk of violence: Because they are old, female, often affected by years of partner violence, face various forms of discrimination throughout their lives, face specific and complex disadvantages and are often economically very dependent – especially if they are already in need of care. However, precisely these dimensions of gender-based violence are often overlooked.
MARVOW is intended to work more closely together at the regional level to close the gaps and deficits in the violence and victim support system and to improve the situation for older women who have been victims of violence. The aim is to establish a multi-institutional platform for older victims of violence and perpetrators of violence against older women – together with those organisations and authorities that deal specifically with older women affected by violence.
Association of Autonomous Austrian Women’s Shelters (AÖF), Austria, Maria Rösslhumer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (UWAH), Greece, Nicholas Spetsidis, email@example.com
Women’s Support and Information Centre, Estonia, Pille Tsopp-Pagan, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Tartu, Estonia, Olena Sologub, email@example.com
European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence/ Work with Perpetrators e.V. Francesca Elsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Women against Violence Europe (WAVE), Austria, Elena Floriani, email@example.com
Training to Identify and Support Older Victims of Abuse (TISOVA) projects seeks to train caregivers and older people so they can identify and provide assistance to elderly victims of abuse. Project period: 1.09.2017 – 31.08.2020 5 partners: Women’s Support and Information Centre (Estonia) Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece) Voimaa Vanhuuteen – osk Voiva […]
Training to Identify and Support Older Victims of Abuse (TISOVA) projects seeks to train caregivers and older people so they can identify and provide assistance to elderly victims of abuse.
Project period: 1.09.2017 – 31.08.2020
Women’s Support and Information Centre (Estonia)
Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece)
Voimaa Vanhuuteen – osk Voiva – Empowering Old Age Coop (Finland)
University of Tartu (Estonia) and Women Against Violence Europe (Austria)
– to train workers/volunteers of senior centers and older people to identify and provide assistance to elderly victims of abuse.
– to design an interactive training programme that provides active and innovative learning opportunities to educate key groups about violence against older people, especially women
– to strengthen the capacity of those who work with the elderly (such as at senior centers) to respond to specific needs of older women victims
– to contribute to a better understanding of the experiences and needs of elderly (female) victims of domestic violence and to empower them to seek assistance or take other action to break the cycle of violence
– to contribute to stakeholders’ implementation of elder abuse policu into practice, especially in relation to gender specific issues.
Target groups – 3 subgroups of people involved in the functioning of senior centres and day centres and interacting with seniors on a continuous basis:
– workers of senior centres, day centres, day groups etc;
– volunteers, involved in the above activities;
– seniors themselves.
*An analytical report on the experiences of female elderly victims of abuse and state practices targeted at them;
CYBERSAFE is a 2-year project funded by the European Union. Nine project partners from various European countries aim to develop, promote and disseminate innovative experiential as well as playful educational ICT tools that facilitate behavioural change among teenagers (13-16) on cyber VAWG. CYBERSAFE promotes healthy relationships and gender equality online. It provides information and tools […]
CYBERSAFE is a 2-year project funded by the European Union. Nine project partners from various European countries aim to develop, promote and disseminate innovative experiential as well as playful educational ICT tools that facilitate behavioural change among teenagers (13-16) on cyber VAWG.
CYBERSAFE promotes healthy relationships and gender equality online. It provides information and tools to prepare and facilitate four workshops on these topics, in order to encourage and support teenagers in safe and responsible online behaviour.
The project aims to create and evidence-based, attitude-changing prevention educational intervention, for teenagers on cyber gender violence against women and girls, applicable to all EU countries. CYBERSAFE will address cyber violence against women and girls and develop a systematic gender sensitive approach to prevent it and promote healthy relationships and gender equality online. The project also aims to develop and promote innovative experiential as well as playful educational ICT tools that facilitate behavioural change among teenagers regarding cyber violence against women and girls. Professionals working with teenagers will also be facilitated to run and implement educational prevention programmes on cyber violence against women and girls.
SYNDESMOS MELON GYNAIKEION IRAKEIOU& N IRAKLEIOU (UWAH), Greece
TARTU ULIKOOL (UTARTU), Estonia
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (UL), Slovenia
WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE EUROPE (WAVE), Austria
STICHTING INTERNATIONAL CHILD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES (ICDI), Netherlands
SERIOUS GAMES INTERACTIVE APS (SGI), Denmark
MTU NAISTE TUGI- JA TEABEKESKUS (WSIC), Estonia
RETESALUTE AZIENDA SPECIALE (Retesalute), Italy
NORTHERN IRELAND RAPE CRISIS ASSOCIATION (NexusNI), United Kingdom
“WHOSEFVA –Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse” (2017-2018)
Elder abuse is a worldwide concern that touches on human rights, gender equality, domestic violence and population ageing. The feminization of aging and its consequences is troubling, particularly given that older women as a group experience unique and compounding disadvantages. Older women face triple jeopardy in that they are part of three different marginalized groups: they are elderly, abused, and female. Gender discrimination across the lifespan therefore has a cumulative effective, and neglect, abuse and violence across the lifespan results in a high lifetime rate of suffering from abuse for older women.
It is clear that alternative channels for identifying older domestic violence victims are needed, however, even when they are identified, older female victims often do not receive appropriate assistance because they have complex issues of long-term dependency, health problems or economic vulnerability, just to name a few. Healthcare providers can play a crucial role in providing support, as they offer multiple entry points for identifying and serving domestic violence victims.
WHOSEFVA, a two-year project co-funded by the European Commission under the Daphne programme, aims to address the barriers and gaps which exist in healthcare settings to effectively support elderly women victims of abuse. The WHSOEFVA project will be implemented in the following six partner countries: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia and the UK. The coordination of the project is conducted by Women’s Support and Information Centre in Estonia, with guidance and input from Finnish expert on elder abuse, Sirkka Perttu.
The main objective of WHSOEFVA is to increase the capacity of domestic violence organizations to better able represent the interests and voices of older women who are victims of abuse in healthcare and healthcare policy, thus helping to better comply with the desires of the EU.
A WHOSEFVA Training Manual will be developed to train domestic violence organizations on how best to work with healthcare providers. Experts will also train partners on how to conduct 33 mutual learning workshops with 734 healthcare professionals and individuals from domestic violence organizations to identify barriers in healthcare organizations in order to effectively meet the needs of women elderly abuse victims. Local Health and Social Care Trainings will also take place in each partner country targeting healthcare professionals on how to effectively implement the training tools and best practice protocols. The training materials will be made publicly available on the project website and will be translated from English into five languages: Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek and Latvian.
Furthermore, in order to ensure greater accessibility and sustainability of the trainings on a European-level, a WHOSEFVA online training programme will be developed based on the training material to strengthen the capacity of domestic violence organizations to cooperate with healthcare providers in identifying and responding to gender-based violence among elderly women.
Small summary of different project we have done over the years.
2002 – Website for people in contact with domestic violence – www.naistetugi.ee
2003 – Alternative options for a woman suffering from intimate violence – Campaign, training trip to Finland.
2003 – Awareness raising campaign “There’s a way out of violence” – Awareness raising in the society.
2003-2004 – “Goodbye, violence in partnership” – Specialized literature was acquired, the website www.naistetugi.ee supplemented, teaching materials prepared, therapeutic sessions were organized.
2005 – “Do not be alone, get help!” – National awareness raising campaing.
2006 – Lundy Bancroft “Why does he do that?” – Translating and publishing the book in Estonian (2000 pc).
2007 – Awareness raising campaign “There’s a way out of Violence” in public transport in the city of Tartu – Awareness raising.
2007 – Lundy Bancroft and Jay G. Silverman “The Batterer as a Parent” – Translating and publishing the book in Estonian (2000 pc).
2008 – National helpline for victims of violence 1492 – Helpline.
2013-2015 – ”Developing services for victims of domestic violence, strengthening co-operation between different institutions and raising awareness among victims and the general public” – The overall goal of the project is to reduce gender-based domestic violence in Estonia.
2014 – Developing the Tartu Women’s Centers Ability to work with Russian-speaking clients and raising Russian youth awareness of family violence – Website, manuals, brochures translation to Russian. Trainings.
2014-2016 – Protecting the interests of single parents – reducing poverty in the weakest part of society – Reducing poverty among single parents
2014-2015 – Development of support services for victims of sexual violence – The main objective is to provide help and support for women who have experienced sexual abuse. Helpline.
2014-2015 – Volunteer Recruitment Development Program – Empowering NPOs.
2014-2015; 2015-2016; 2016-2017; 2017-2018; 2018-2019; 2019-2020 – Protecting Children who are victims of violence – Support service/counselling for children with the help of Lastefond Charity Foundation.
2017-2018 – Development of interest protection capabilities of the NGO Women’s Support and Information Center – Increase the capacity of the NGO Women’s Support and Information Center for strategic leadership
Development of “at a DIStance” COunselling Skills for professionals in the field of Counselling Women Victims of Violence or Abuse (DIS.CO.)
Project period: December 2017 – November 2019
Funding: Erasmus + programme Key Action 2
Budget: 225.805 EUR
UWAH – Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (Greece) (LP);
The Queen’s University of Belfast (United Kingdom);
University of Crete (Greece);
University of Tartu (Estonia);
Women’s Support and Information Centre (Estonia);
Mesokeleas LTD, Frederick University (Cyprus);
Nothern Ireland Rape Crisis Association (United Kingdom);
M&M Profuture Training, S.L. (Spain);
Women Against Violence Europe (Austria).
Main objectives of the Project:
• Strengthen cooperation, exchanges and networking between Partners on the topic of counselling at a distance for women victims of violence or abuse;
• Improve work-based skills of counsellors working with women victims by developing counselling at a distance skills through development and delivery of VET;
• Promote innovative practices in the field of counselling women victims and exploit ICT potential through developing/ improving ICT related skills and setting up virtual workplaces;
• Improve the capacity of participating organisations as well as other interested ones through the production and dissemination of training material and courses for staff and volunteers;
• Deliver efficient services of high quality for victims of violence or abuse in the context of victim support.
Empowering women to fight against domestic violence through an integrated model of training, support and counselling (WOMPOWER) a project co-financed by the European Union within the DAPHNE III programme.
The WOMPOWER project aims at empowering women, victims or possible victims of violence, to protect themselves against domestic violence. In this sense the project is organizing training, information and counseling sessions for women with the aim to create a protective environment for them within the family and in the community.The project has a duration of 2 years, starting on 1st January 2013 and ending on 31st December 2014.
The project is implemented in 8 European countries: Romania, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Austria.
The aim of the current project is the improvement of knowledge in Russian language about domestic violence and increased possibilities for Russian speakers to get help in Tartu and surrounding counties.
There are many Russian speaking women coming to the shelter that only get information about our services from indirect sources. At the same time, based on our experience in serving them, the topic is an important one in the Russian community.
During the project employees will be trained to better communicate, translate existing forms and web-page materials into Russian. We will also create info materials that will be distributed in public places where victims often are (police, hospitals etc). We will also create training materials for Russian students and lectures based on those materials. Our project will also focus on long term prevention, by raising awareness and educating young people via lectures given in Russian language schools.
Primary beneficiaries of the project are Russian speaking victims of domestic violence. Secondary beneficiaries will be Russian speaking students who will get introduction to the topic via lectures.
Outcomes of this project include:
Translated materials about domestic violence on NGO-s website;
Brochure on domestic violence and available services in Russian created (3000 copies);
Trained employees of shelter;
10 lectures to high school students on how what domestic violence is and how it can be prevented/dealt with